Omar Calls Resolution 'Great Progress': 'Our Nation Is Having A Difficult Conversation'

Omar Calls Resolution 'Great Progress': 'Our Nation Is Having A Difficult Conversation'

It comes one day after the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry.

I don't think she's a bigot but, as with other sensitive topics, its not hard to sound like one when you make strong criticisms in such touchy areas as US policy toward Israel.

Radio Sputnik's Loud and Clear spoke with Ariel Gold, peace activist and co-director of Codepink, about the resolution and the movement behind Omar.

"For the president, who when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville in front of a synagogue and said "burn it down" and he said "both sides" are to blame, this is a new divisive low", the Democrat from NY, who is Jewish, wrote on Facebook.

"I believe you're allowed to criticize Israel without being an anti-Semite", Maher said Friday night. This post is not meant to relitigate those issues but to reach out to Jewish Democrats who agree that Omar's statements were anti-Semitic and who have been frustrated and hurt by the response of party leaders.

"I don't think this is just about comments by Congresswoman Omar, which I do not think were intentionally anti-Semitic". The Anti-Defamation League said it had "obvious antisemitic overtones".

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The comments came on the heels of an earlier controversy in which Omar was roundly condemned for suggesting that money is the reason U.S. lawmakers support the Jewish State. "I find that to be problematic and I am not alone", Omar tweeted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Omar on Thursday, alleging that the freshman congresswoman didn't understand the weight of her words when making statements that many people interpreted to be anti-Semitic. Omar, a Somali refugee who resettled in Minnesota, had sparked fiery debate with her repeated criticisms of Israel and how a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington exerts influence on United States politicians. "But the fact is if that's how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt, as we have done over and over again".

According to Sarsour on Friday, she and her fellow organizers worked behind the scenes to change the original intent of the non-binding resolution by the end of the week. "Kamala Harris has attended AIPAC for at least the last two years in a row. Instead, they put a resolution on the floor which she then went out and said, 'This is a tremendous victory for me, '" Cheney said. A few Republicans who opposed the resolution said it should have only covered anti-Semitism.

However, Gold warned that once the resolution is voted on, the issue is far from over. As I have often written before, what you say in such sensitive matters can matter less than what people hear.

"We know that when people get backed into a corner... they get uglier and uglier", she warned.

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